5 Things You Need to Know Before You GoAugust 19th, 2014 at 6:05 am by Mary Ann Hatchitt under 5 Things, Morning Show
5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go
5. Another night of violence in Ferguson, Missouri where police fired tear gas on a crowd of protesters, who police say are primarily people from out of town. The violence stems from last week’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. An autopsy shows the white police officer shot Michael Brown six times, but doesn’t say if the teen had his hands up at the time. US Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Missouri tomorrow.
4. It looks like we’ll have to wait until the end of the week to see if a 30 year old Bernalillo County woman hospitalized at UNMH has the Ebola virus. That’s when results of blood work sent to the Centers for Disease Control should be complete. IN the meantime, the woman is isolated, and doctors say there is no public health threat.
3. This November Albuquerque voters could decide if they want to increase sales tax in the city by an eigth of a percent to help people with mental health issues. Last night, the City Council approved a plan to hike the sales tax, but Mayor RJ Berry has to approve it first.
2. Albuquerque’s City Councilors say voters should get a say in deciding whether penalties should be reduced for marijuana possession. The Council approved the measure on a 5 to 4 vote along party lines, with the Democrats on the Council voting for it. It is not a done deal however, since Republican Mayor R.J. Berry still has to approve it. If he does not, it would take six councilors to veto him. Meanwhile there are enough valid signatures on a petition to put the reduced pot penalty measure on the ballot in Santa Fe.
1. More rain could be on the way today. There’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation today and and a 40 percent chance tonight. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 91, and light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight it’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 65, and a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.